Rivers, Rain, and Morality (Sukkot 5779)

Is there a relationship between Israel’s dependence on rain and the traits and values we developed as a people?

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Ari Fuld z"l

The JFN community mourns Ari Fuld z”l, murdered earlier this week.

Ari Fuld z"l

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Strategic Philanthropy and Vintage Tzedaka

Even the most advanced Jewish philanthropic portfolio, should have an allocation of “vintage Tzedaka”, which is earmarked to sustain the weakest and neediest of our communities. 

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Apes and Angels (Rosh Hashanah 5779)

We’re still in the Stone Age. Or rather, our minds are.                                 

I’m not kidding. The human brain has evolved very little since we were hunter-gatherers in the African savanna and it still uses the same adaptive behaviors that we learned escaping from lions and looking for edible berries.  

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Now More Than Ever: Join The Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society

As co-chairs of the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, we are more convinced than ever that our work is critical to the future of a Jewish and democratic Israel.

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A Year After Charlottesville: White Supremacism, America, and the Jews

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AVI CHAI Spend-Down Reports

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Delegation of Jewish Leaders Visit Detention and Migrant Centers, Bear Witness to Crisis at U.S.-Mexico Border

UPDATE (Oct 9, 2018): Judy Mann, COO of JFN, shares her experience in this delegation in this audio story:

HIAS and ADL convened leadership of American Jewish organizations, including JFN's COO, to meet with U.S. and Mexico government officials, refugees and asylum seekers impacted by current immigration policies

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Poverty: Calling for Meaningful Jewish Attention

(An installment in the series Spotlight on Poverty, a partnership between JFN and eJewish Philanthropy.)

There is an enormous opportunity for the Jewish community to bring new energy, power, and cohesion to the work of our non-profit sector and, especially, of our philanthropy, to address the needs against which our neighbors and often our community are struggling. 

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Poverty: We Can Do Better Than That

By Alex Roth-Kahn, Managing Director, UJA-Federation of NY’s Caring Department and Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld, President, UJA-Federation of NY

(An installment in the series Spotlight on Poverty, a partnership between JFN and eJewish Philanthropy.)

Fifty-four years ago, President Lyndon Johnson first uttered the now famous phrase “the war on poverty” in his State of the Union address.  When he spoke in 1964, a staggering 19% of Americans were considered poor, equaling 36 million Americans at the time. Today, the poverty rate may have dropped to 12.7%, but with our much larger population, that translates to more than 40 million Americans living in poverty.

The more local statistics are no less startling.  One in five New York–area Jewish households is poor.  One in 10 are near poor.  Moreover, 45% of all children in Jewish households live in poor or near-poor households.

We can do better than that.

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